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How satellite imagery is transforming conservation science

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This talk will explore how satellite remote sensing is changing our capacity to monitor biodiversity and derive an ecological understanding of the natural world. Using case studies, it will highlight the diversity of approaches available to monitor species and ecosystems and illustrate the challenges currently hampering broader use. The talk will conclude with a discussion on current and future opportunities for satellite data to inform large scale biodiversity monitoring schemes, and a perspective on how satellite information may support a shift from compositional to functional conservation

Bio: Dr Nathalie Pettorelli is a senior research fellow at the Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London. She is a senior editor for Journal of Applied Ecology and Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, and the Editor in Chief of Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation, a journal she developed and launched in 2014. She is the Conservation Specialist Interest Group Chair for the British Ecological Society (BES), as well as a member of the BES Policy Committee; she also chairs the Ecosystem Function Working Group for the Group on Earth Observations Biodiversity Observation Networks (GEO BON )and is a member of the IUCN Mangrove Specialist Group. Nathalie has published two books and over 130 articles in peer reviewed journals on the topic of biodiversity monitoring, conservation and wildlife management.

This talk is part of the CCI Conservation Seminars series.

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